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Grateful Dead Live at Boston Tea Party on 1969-12-31

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Grateful Dead Live at Boston Tea Party on 1969-12-31

Set 1

China Cat Sunflower ->
Jam ->
I Know You Rider
Mama Tried
Next Time You See Me
Cold Rain And Snow
Black Peter
Hard To Handle
Me And My Uncle
Mason's Children
Dire Wolf
Uncle John's Band

Set 2

Alligator ->
Drums ->
Alligator ->
Jam ->
And We Bid You Good Night Jam ->
Alligator ->
Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) ->
Feedback ->
Good Lovin' ->
Drums ->
The Eleven
High Time
Cumberland Blues
Big Boy Pete
Not Fade Away
The Race Is On
Silver Threads And Golden Needles
Dancing In The Street

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Boston Tea Party
Location Boston, MA

Source SBD -> Master Reel -> Dat -> CD
Lineage CD -> Samplitude Professional v10.1 -> Adobe Audition v1.5 -> FLAC
Transferred by Charlie Miller


-- Set 2 disc change is seamless
-- Reel flips during The Eleven and Silver Threads cleaned up with crossfade
-- Thanks to Joe B. Jones for his help with the pitch correction


Reviewer: DEALTHEMONKEYIN! - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 31, 2014
Subject: Still fantastic 45 years later
I continue to be amazed by Charlie Miller's work. Here I sit on NYE in 2014 listening to a show from 45 freaking years ago and it sounds if they played last night. Incredible work CM.

As for the show, Black Peter and a young JG sliding through Rider are my favorites. But just awesome.

Here's to a reunion in 2015! Come on boys get it done and take Jeff and Hornsby with you!
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 26, 2014
Subject: tea for two
Black Peter and The Eleven are mighty fine.
Reviewer: Satori70 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 31, 2012
Subject: It's almost 1970, but we're still living in '69 so lets get really flipped out !
Here it is, the only recorded Dead NYE outside the SF bay area ! Epic! December of '69 has just been a frantic pace, but they find a way to deliver this night as well. Bringing a west coast kind of chill, the temps have dropped since they arrived. What started as a mild Dec. for Boston on arrival in the mid-40's, has steadily dropped to a low of 16, with wind chill of -5 pilgrim ! Funny how they never leave the SF bay area again NYE, then move on to play Hawaii in Jan. '70 :) The music ? Well.... great recording, and there's true moments of brilliance but ...well, give it a hear!

Thank you Archive, Charlie Miller, and the guy who pressed play + record 43 years ago !! Happy 2013 ~
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 31, 2012
Subject: --
A weird show, somewhat discombobulated, certainly exciting to listen sounds like there are about twenty people in the audience.

The first half of set 1 is typical of some of those lesser '69 shows - sluggish, echoey, the band not really into it at all, sleepwalk city. I'll give one tune for you to absolutely hear, however, and that's Black Peter - the band's pace for this first half fits right direct with this new tune they were developing, played so very well so often in December of this year.

From Mason's Children on to the end of the set they come alive - listen to the intro on Mason's (a real rockin' tune, IMHO). Jerry makes a hilariously inept attempt at getting the audience to 'sing along' to Dire Wolf, and then proceeds to botch the lyrics...UJB, still in those early, pre-lick stages, sounds wonderful with Bobby strumming ethereal and Tom's ghostly Aoxomoxoan keys (where else but this site would you read such a description? :)

Set 2 fares better - we begin with what is certainly one of Jerry's absolute best bits of stage banter that at least *I've* ever heard - after Bobby wraps up his yellow dog epic. Just listen...

...and then we *start* with the suite, and it's a good one, steady, stretched, inventive. Weird to end it with so much time left - they fool around heartily with some upcoming Workingman's tunes and leave the back end of the show as a showcase for Bobby's up-and-coming role in the band; he was still in his teenaged, aw-shucks cowboy goof demeanor and I prefer to always think of Bobby this way (compare it to his drunken ramblings in '81-'82 for perspective).

So a strange show; recommended but go easy on that first set; the backwards-positioned second is where the gold is here.
Reviewer: russyarrow - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 1, 2011
Subject: Inflection Point
Right about now, they are beginning to have conversations about going in a new direction. This is the last glow of that pure, supercharged psychedelic period. Love it.
Reviewer: rschwz28 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 23, 2010
Subject: Say Goodbye
Say Goodbye to 1969, the greatest year in Grateful Dead history. Live/Dead and Workingman's Dead!

Say hello to 1970, the second greatest year in Grateful Dead history. You see the trend - she's been trouble all my life!
Reviewer: Archie155 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 1, 2010
Subject: On This Date
I would like to make this an annual thing for as long as I can.

This is priceless stuff; the energy, you can't find it now a days. It sounds like you are there, and everybody is having such a great time (and I'm writing a review ). So simple back then. You know?
So as I review, I think this album gets a 5 on bringing one back to a simpler time.
Well the sound is interesting because you'll notice you get a whole heck of a lot of people laughing and having a good time. Totally wicked!! And the band sounds pretty good too!
In reality I really can't judge, but what I can say is I'm happy it is here on this day.

5 all around!!
Reviewer: snojon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 7, 2009
Subject: happy new year
great set list with some rare tracks and an excellent recording. check out the semi- accoustic stuff. great way to ring in the the new year of 1970, which I feel was one of the most creative in the bands history.
Reviewer: RobertTKeeley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 4, 2009
Subject: It's Almost 1970!!!
Hey, that's the number of stars (one thousand nine hunder and seventy of them, at least) I give Charlie Miller and his work on this killer Dead show. Thanks Mr. Charlie, you have made such an incredible fun Time Vampire! I love it, love your work, love your sense of what needs to be done and what needs to be left alone. I big loud, honorable, fat cheers to you sir. This show has been a favorite, thanks to you it sounds so much better bro. The band kept me so busy listening, work just seems more like play.
Hey, did I say Thanks To Charlie Miller Yet? Thanks kind gentleman!
Garcia Kills right out of the shoot with his first lead in China Cat Sunflower. Sing with a voice between the lower one of the past and the high lonesome one of the future. Bob's got an honest voice that sweetly sings Mama Tried. And, harmonies that make me wish I was there that night. Black Peter, man, can you just dig those lyrics?!?! Seriously Heavy. The band is charging by the start of the 2nd verse in Hard to Handle, momentum. Phil has been just Jammin' all night, you can dance to his killer lines all night long. Not my fav me and my uncle, Gracia does do some moody leads throughout. Garcia's tone is really killer everywhere and Mason's Children is no exception. My guess is an Gibson SG, I could do some research I guess...whatever it was, it was an inspired tone. Everyone sing along with Dire Wolf, Ha!!! Again the singing that night was really fantastic, fun...Check out the feel on Uncle John!?! Just as mellow as you can get right!? I love the sparce fee/instrumentationl of these two songs. Just HUGE, FAT Gutiar TONE on Alligator, gotta give yerself at least a listen. There's a lot of GDTRFB/AWBYGN melody at the end. Really fun and interesting The Eleven, so if you are a huge fan of that tune, you probably already know this incarnation, otherwise, listen and be very merry. Cumberland Blues, just killer...ah heck, you get the idea, a bunch of neat tunes! Thanks Boston and Mr. Charlie Miller, we love ya!
Robert Keeley
Reviewer: t-bone perkins - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 25, 2008
Subject: great show
Reviewer: sambonk - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 24, 2008
Subject: big time upgrade!!
C miller....Man you rock!!!This sounds like a an GD release......I love this shit!!!!!Love this site!!!
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